Fat Elf Games is a small production company nestled in the Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts. We’re the people who thought “I wish I could make games for a living.” and followed that up with the question of “What’s actually stopping me?”
The answer to that is “Uh, nothing? Let’s do it!”. For many aspiring independent game designers, the first steps are the hardest – you don’t know what you need to do, you don’t know what could go wrong, and you don’t know how fun it really is.
We have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work on a small project – The Diviner, which introduced us to the highs and lows of working in the game industry. More importantly, it gave us the first few drops of experience that we needed to know five things.
- We can do this.
- This is fun.
- It takes a lot of hard work.
- Things are going to go wrong.
- We can fix it.
We’ve also had the good fortune to begin to develop a network of friends and colleagues. We know concept artists, animators, programmers, sys admins, composers and more and can work with them to help foster growth and a stronger community of creative designers in our region.
What we want to do is offer that opportunity to promising designers, who have taken the first steps, but can’t see where they can go from where they are. We want to give them the chance to live their dreams the way we’re getting to live ours.
Our goal is to create a production system for those independent game designers out there who don’t have the resources available to them to develop their own games.
Jonah Kellman and Robin Rainwalker